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An on-line archive of articles and commentary on wind and solar energy, community power, renewable energy policy, and Advanced Renewable Tariffs by Paul Gipe

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  • December 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

    We’d been planning to buy a plug-in hybrid for some time. Just seemed to make so much sense on so many levels. They emit less air pollutants by being so much more efficient than conventional...[more]

    December 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

    It was fairly simple really. Tesla was out. Too much money. At more than 100,000 the Tesla is well out of reach for most middle-class families--certainly for us. That narrowed the choices down...[more]

    December 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

    Our 2015 Nissan Leaf S (the base model) with the Quick Charge option was delivered to Bakersfield by tractor trailer on October 20, 2014. The Leaf is an all electric, four-door hatchback. It's an...

    December 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

    We installed two types of "charge station" or more correctly two types of EVSE (Electric Vehicle Service Equipment) at our home. The first is ClipperCreek's 40-amp EVSE with J1772 EV charge connector...

  • August 25, 2014,   by Craig Morris

    In other words, since 2006 we have witnessed a stabilization of Germany’s impressively reliable grid even as some 35 gigawatts of solar and 35 gigawatts of wind were installed on a grid with peak...

    August 20, 2014,   by Jérôme Guillet and John Evans

    This is what feed-in tariffs do, fundamentally, by setting a fixed price for wind production which is high enough to reassure producers on their initial investment, and low enough to provide a hedge...

    August 19, 2014,   by Jérôme Guillet and John Evans

    That is the point of feed-in tariffs, which provide stable, predictable revenue to wind producers, and ensure that their maximum production is injected into the system at all times, which influences...

  • September 19, 2014,   by Tim Conneally

    We recently looked at Zooshare, an early-stage biogas cooperative selling bonds to get its facilities up and running to sell energy into the Ontario grid. Today, we're going to look at a Toronto...

    September 1, 2014,   by Ozan Karaduman

    Various legislative efforts have been made to encourage investors to make investments in power plants using renewable energy resources. The most important of these efforts has been the feed-in tariff...

    August 12, 2014,   by Finlay Colville

    This makes the UK only the sixth country to have more than 5GW capacity. Germany remains the undisputed leader with more than 36GW. China, Japan, Italy and the US each have more than 10GW installed.

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